Computer Hardware Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Computer Hardware Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $75K per year nationwide. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $28K and $38K, respectively — total cash payment to Computer Hardware Engineers can bottom out near $43K or peak near $129K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the company and years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$48,766 - $126,619
$49K
$75K
$130K
MEDIAN: $74,889
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$14.71 - $42.66
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,766 - $126,619  
   
Bonus
$41.00 - $27,500  
Profit Sharing
$2.50 - $37,500  
Total Pay (?
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$42,723 - $128,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 267
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.71 - $42.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.56  
Overtime
$20.00 - $60.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$41.00 - $27,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.50 - $37,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$42,723 - $128,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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Job Description for Computer Hardware Engineer

Computer hardware engineers develop computer hardware and systems, designing products such as computer chips, circuit boards, modems, and printers, among others. They assess the needs of their clients or organization related to computer hardware systems, recommending hardware that will fill that need. Computer hardware engineers create designs for hardware, developing options that include cost estimates and logistical details. During the development process, these engineers analyze and test hardware, helping resolve any problems that arise. Computer hardware engineers must be able to recommend inspections and suggest any modifications that would increase systems' performance. They review systems with colleagues to ensure they meet all relevant specifications and standards.

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Computer Hardware Engineer Tasks

  • Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
  • Write documentation and test specifications.
  • Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
  • Provide technical support to team members.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Computer Hardware Engineer


Computer Hardware Engineers flock to Intel Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $135K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Computer Hardware Engineer


Computer Hardware Engineers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with verilog, Board Design / Debug, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Java. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know C and C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Computer Hardware Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Hardware Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 218 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Hardware Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 69 salaries. An experienced Computer Hardware Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $113,000 based on 49 salaries. A Computer Hardware Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $107,000 based on 23 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,523

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Surpassing the national average by 83 percent, Computer Hardware Engineers in Santa Clara receive some of the highest pay in the country. Computer Hardware Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+35 percent), Austin (+25 percent), New York (+23 percent), and San Francisco (+17 percent). Computer Hardware Engineers in Chicago report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 31 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Workers in Houston and Indianapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (26 percent less and 21 percent less, respectively).

Computer Hardware Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Computer Hardware Engineer?

Computer Hardware Engineer in Folsom:
"Trying to be agile within a results-oriented culture."
Pros: Flexibility and the smart people I work with; keeps me engaged in helping the group deliver the best products possible to our customers!
Cons: Working in a big company it is hard to feel like you make a big impact.

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Key Stats for Computer Hardware Engineer

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

▲56%

Late-Career
▲47%

▲18%

National Average
$73,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

verilog
▲30%

Board Design / Debug
▲6%




Computer Hardware Technician
▲2%

C
▲1%


National Average
$73,000

C++
▼3%

Java
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 12%